The Shack: A metaphor for life

William P. Young, author of The ShackWilliam Paul Young, author of the New York Times best-seller The Shack, told attendees at an October chapel that his book was “fiction … but real.” The novel is about a man, Mack, who returns to the shack where his daughter was murdered. Mack encounters the Trinity and faces his deep anger and pain in the midst of God's grace and love. “It’s a metaphor of my own life,” says Young, who told listeners the story is symbolic of his own spiritual journey through an abusive childhood and depression as an adult. The author originally wrote the novel as a gift to his children and never expected to publish the story. It has now sold more than 1 million copies.